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SBI PO 2016 Exam Pattern

SBI PO 2016 Exam Pattern

State Bank of India or, SBI is an eminent bank which is renowned for mass hiring every year through its various online bank examinations and interview process. The most sought exam of this bank is SBI PO Exam which is conducted once in every year to hire for Probationary Officer cadre. If you are eyeing for SBI PO Exam this year, then it is very important to begin with the meticulous knowledge of this exam.

Time is one of the major constraints for SBI PO Exam 2016 that need a coherent road map explaining how to nicely organize allotted time for its examinations so that every section is well attempted and you get to revise all your marked answers at least for once.  

SBI PO Exam 2016 Eligibility

SBI reviews eligibility of every candidate who registers and fills form for SBI PO Exam against laid down criteria. Before you start the registration process, you must check whether you are eligible for the exam or not. The eligibility criteria for the SBI PO Exam 2016 are mentioned here:

  1. Age: For general category candidates, age limit is between 21 years to 30 years as on 1st April, 2015 and for reserved category candidates, age relaxation is applicable as per the government rules.
  2. Nationality:  An aspiring candidate must be an Indian resident with a valid residence proof.
  3. Qualifications: Candidate must have qualified graduation degree in any discipline from a recognized university.

If any person is waiting for his/her final year result, then also he/she can take up SBI PO Exam 2016 on the condition that he/she must possess passing certificate as on 31st August, 2016.  

  1. CIBIL Status: Candidates with a very bad CIBIL score or, loan default history are not eligible for taking up SBI PO 2016 examination.  

You must go through the complete advertisement that is published about the SBI PO Exam 2016 to know every minute detail related to it. Here is the link for the advertisement: https://www.ibpsexam.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/SBI-PO-Recruitment-.pdf  

Exam Pattern of SBI PO 2016

SBI PO Exam requires a great hold on every section that is asked in SBI Clerk preliminary and Main Examinations along with the implementation of a perfect time table that helps in guiding about managing time well. It is advisable to start your preparation as early as possible so that you get sufficient time to revise all the topics that are asked in this exam.

Qualify SBI PO Exam 2016 by qualifying in its selection procedure phases. There are three major phases that need to qualify; these phases are given below for your better understanding:

  • SBI PO Preliminary Examination: This is an online objective type examination of 60 minutes which is divided into three specific sections. Candidates who qualify this exam are further called for the next phase which is SBI PO Main exam.
  • SBI PO Main Examination: This is an online (both objective and Descriptive type)exam of 3 hours which comprises of two major sections:
  • Objective section: This section further has four specific sections; each section has fixed timings as mentioned in the below table.
  • Descriptive type: This section has three questions that you are supposed to elaborate by writing on them.
  • SBI GD & Interview round: This round is conducted after candidate qualifies SBI PO Main examination.

Table to guide you about the Exam Pattern of SBI PO Exam 2016

SBI PO Preliminary Exam Pattern

Sections asked

Total Questions

Total Marks

Duration

Marking

Mode of examination

English Language Test

30

30

60 minutes

0.25 marks are deducted for ever wrong answer

Online

Reasoning Ability

35

35

Quantitative Aptitude

35

35

SBI PO Main Exam Pattern

Sections asked

Total Marks allotted

Total Questions asked

Time allotted for each section

Total Time Allotted to the test

Mode

Marking Scheme

English Language

40

35

40

3 Hours

Online

Negative marking is applicable.

General Awareness (Banking Domain Knowledge)

40

40

35

Reasoning and Computer Awareness

60

45

60

 Data Analysis & Interpretation

60

35

45

Descriptive Test

50

3

30 minutes

                                                                                        

As we have discussed about the major sections that shall be asked in SBI PO Exam 2016, it is time to move on to the major topics that must be focused to prepare efficiently for SBI PO Exam 2016 examination.

The mentioned below table is to let you prepare for SBI PO Exam 2016 exactly according to its pattern so that you qualify this examination in your first attempt.

Sections asked

Topics to Focus On

Asked in which SBI PO Exam

English Language

SBI PO English Topics to focus on:

  • Synonyms and Antonyms
  • Word formation
  • Sentence completion
  • Words and Meanings; this includes foreign Language words
  • Comprehensions and Unseen passages
  • Theme detection
  • Deriving conclusions
  • Error detection
  • Passage correction
  • Passage completion
  • Spelling
  • Phrases
  • Sentence correction
  • Problems on English Grammar
  •  Idioms

This section is common in both SBI PO preliminary and Main Exam.

Quantitative Aptitude

SBI PO Quantitative Aptitude Topics to focus on:

  • Ratio & Proportion
  • Partnership
  • Compound Interest
  • Stocks & Shares
  • Clocks & Algorithms
  • Heights & Distances
  • Data Integration
  • Line Graphs
  • Bar Graphs
  • Pie Charts
  • Tabulation
  • Mensuration
  • Volume & Surface Area
  • Chain Rule
  • Time & Work
  • Number system
  • Simplifications
  • Roots & Averages
  • Surds & Indices
  • Percentages
  • Profit & Loss
  • Pipes & Cisterns
  • Time & Distances
  • Problems on Trains
  • Boats & Streams
  • Allegation & Mixtures
  • Simple Interest
  • Permutations & Combinations

This section is common in both SBI PO preliminary and Main Exam.

General Awareness focusing on the Banking Domain

SBI PO General Awareness Topics to focus on:

  • Renowned Personalities
  • News on Indian Defense services
  • Sports
  • Marketing terms and concepts 
  • Financial Awareness
  • Indian Economy
  • Commonly asked General knowledge Questions
  • Indian Budget especially Union and Railway Budget
  • Marketing Policies
  • Branding and Advertising
  • Life Cycle of a product
  • Marketing Legal terms and definitions
  • Current research and discoveries
  • Books and Authors
  • National and international of Current Events
  • Banking Terms, rules and terminologies
  • News on Reserve Bank Of India
  • Latest released plans and policies for banking domain
  • Worldwide Famous Awards
  • Marketing Management strategies

This section is asked in the SBI PO Main Exam.

Reasoning Ability

SBI PO Verbal and Non Verbal Reasoning Topics to focus on:

  • Series completion
  • Syllogisms
  • Decision making
  • Statement reasoning
  • Analogy,
  • Series completion
  • Directions
  • Statement and Argument
  •  Judgment Formation
  • Classification
  • Analogy
  • Coding & Decoding
  • Blood relations
  • Sitting arrangements
  • Number Puzzles
  • Odd one out

This section is common in both SBI PO preliminary and Main Exam.

Computer Knowledge

SBI PO Computer Awareness Topics to focus on:

  • Questions on MS Office that includes MS word, Excel, Power Point, and Access
  • Basic knowledge of Internet & Networks
  • Concepts on Operating System and its configurations
  • Computer Hardware and Software Terminologies
  • Knowledge about Latest Technologies
  • Information and technology related concepts  
  • Commonly used computer Shortcuts
  • Security Systems Concepts

This section is asked in the SBI PO Main Exam.

Descriptive Section 

SBI PO Descriptive Section demands focus on below mentioned things:  

  • Comprehensions and giving summary for the same
  • Essay Writing
  • Formal Letter Writing
  • Paragraph Writing
  • Precise Writing

This section is asked in the SBI PO Main Exam.

How to prepare according to the SBI PO Exam pattern?

Here are some of the preparation tips for preparing exactly as per the SBI PO Exam pattern.

  1. Practice every section through free online SBI PO Exam 2016 mock tests. You must make sure that these mock tests are strictly based on the SBI PO Exam pattern.
  2. Subscribe to online free material based on the SBI PO Exam 2016 pattern that is available in the form of weekly magazines, e-books, journals, presentations, audios and videos.
  3. Work on all the shortcuts, tricks and techniques for solving reasoning and mathematical questions asked in SBI PO Exam fast.
  4. Learn English Grammar topics and consistently practice the same from both the online and offline sources.

You must also practice a lot of comprehensions and unseen passages to master SBI PO Exam 2016 English Language section.  

  1. SBI PO Exam GK section focuses on the Banking terms and concepts. Grab magazines, books and material based on banking domain to update your knowledge base.  
  2. Computer ability section in SBI PO Exam tests your basic computer knowledge. It is essential that you learn all the basic knowledge related to computers, networking and internet through books and journals.

Important Links for SBI PO Exam 2016

You can test your preparation level and can take free online mock test.

The official website of SBI that can be referred for all the latest updates on SBI PO Exam 2016: https://www.sbi.co.in/careers/  

Abhinav Sinha 1 Months ago
Hi Jaydip, Descriptive section will last for 30 min and will test your ability of writing English through letter writing, essay writing or email writing. One has to be aware about the standard conventions of writing formal and informal letters along with ins and outs of formulating an essay. You should practice letter writing and essay writing and get them evaluated by an expert. Work on content for essays as they will be drawn from contemporary issues.Hence reading editorial column of leading news papers will surely help.Read a standard grammar book such as Wren and Martin to be familiar with informal and formal style of writing. Since writing can not be honed overnight so keep practicing and keep getting feedback so as to refine your skill.
JAYDIP RAY 1 Months ago
what is the strategy for descriptive section and is there any online practice set for making practice of descriptive english
Admin 1 Months ago
Srivani, will soon post the information. Stay tuned!
Srivani 1 Months ago
SBI clerk prelims mains test -how many members are participated in the test and give me the highest score of the candidate which will help a lot to analyze my result..please post this information..which will be helpful to all the participants